Nature and Environment

Air Force secretary nominee promises to help with pollution in communities like Tucson

Sep 12, 2019 PFAS chemicals have been found in wells in the Tucson area.

UA Special Collections: Preserving the Stories

Sep 11, 2019 Also on Arizona Spotlight: The TUSD's ongoing debate about expanding sex education; Is there any hope left for the 2019 monsoon?; and has Arizona's "stupid motorist law" increased flash flood safety?

'Stupid motorist law' rarely enforced in Tucson area

Sep 11, 2019 Flooding on area roads leads to rescues.

Mexican authorities meet with Rio Sonora mining spill victims

Sep 10, 2019 A legal representative of residents affected by the spill said the dialogue is a result of pressure the communities have put on authorities.

Tortoise deserves endangered species protections, enviro groups say

Sep 6, 2019 Two conservation groups have filed suit over what they say is the failure of the federal government to protect the Sonoran desert tortoise.

Opinions divided on massive Benson housing development

Sep 5, 2019 Backers see the project as an economic boon; opponents worry it will deplete local groundwater and harm the environment.

Arizona bans hunting contests for killing coyotes

Sep 5, 2019 The ban doesn't apply to the lawful hunting of predators.

New border wall could further deplete groundwater supplies

Sep 4, 2019 Some scientists and conservationists worry the water needs of the new border wall could put a valuable desert oasis at risk.

Tucson's bike share program adding docking stations

Sep 2, 2019 The city says it's bringing Tugo bicycles to more Tucson neighborhoods.

Dry monsoon caused by roaming high-pressure system

Aug 30, 2019 This year's monsoon in Tucson is almost 3.5 inches behind what the area received last year.

US moves FEMA, Coast Guard money to fund border programs

Aug 28, 2019 $217 million would be moved to fund things like increasing the number of beds for detained immigrants.

Environmental groups call on Arizona to close uranium mine

Aug 22, 2019 The groups cite flooding of the mine that threatens to contaminate drinking water.

"Never again, para nadie."

Aug 21, 2019 Also on Arizona Spotlight: New state law that may provide justice for greater numbers of Indigenous women and girls; A reaction to the Trump administration changing the Endangered Species Act; and a very short story from Aurelie Sheehan.

Drilling project proposed for Patagonia Mountains

Aug 20, 2019 The Coronado National Forest wants public input on a mining exploration project.

Understanding the legal decision blocking the Rosemont Mine

Aug 20, 2019 The opinion on mining and public lands could impact other projects across the West.

‘Build the wall’ across the San Pedro River? Many say ‘no’

Aug 16, 2019 Disparate groups agree that walling off Arizona's last free-flowing river is a bad idea.

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